These light bulb decorations are perfect for Christmas. The shape looks divine on a tree and the metallic silver is quite glamourous. We’re sure that everyone can find a burnt out light bulb or 2 lying around. Grab them, some spray paint and let’s get upcycling!
How to make light bulb decorations
These light bulb decorations are easy to make. You’ll need the following materials:
- Burnt out light bulbs
- Metallic silver spray paint
- Masking tape
- Protective gloves and mask
- Hot glue gun
- String for the hanging loops
Once you’ve assembled your materials prep your lace. This means cutting a piece to a workable size and taping it tightly to your light bulb. Make sure the lace is super snug so that you get the nice lace pattern on your bulbs. Be sure to also cover the remaining parts of the bulb so they do not get spray paint on them.
Put on your protective gloves and mask and spray your bulb. Be sure to shake your spray paint thoroughly and hold it 25-30 cm away from the light bulb while spraying.
Once sprayed, the light bulb will look like the photo shown above. Be sure to let the spray paint dry thoroughly. Once completely dry move the lace to the next unsprayed bit of bulb and repeat the process. We recommend alternating between 2 bulbs so that you can prep one while the other is drying.
There is also the alternate option to do a mesh design on your light bulb decorations instead of lace. This option is a lot quicker and also has a nice effect. To do this encase your light bulb in mesh and tape tightly at the base. Then spray in the same way as the lace method and allow to dry.
Once you’ve finished spraying the glass section of the light bulbs, cover the decorated glass section and spray the light bulb bases.
Give some time for your light bulb decorations to dry completely.
Finally add the string hanging loops to your light bulb decorations. For this we recommend folding a piece of silver string into a loop and then tying a knot at the end. Secure this knot to the bottom of your light bulb decorations with a hot glue gun.
You’re done, stand back and admire your upcycled light bulb decorations!
5 Thoughts on Light Bulb Decorations
It’s a great idea! I never know what to do with those light bulbs, apart from throwing them in the recycling bin. Those projects to plant in a bulb seem so delicate to me… This makes a nice change from the tacky plastic Christmas you see everywhere these days. And cheaper than the expensive glass decorations. Just love this!
Thanks so much for the positive feedback Nadine! Glad you like the idea 🙂
I love them – cant wait to try this!